New Jersey firm fined for discriminatory job ads seeking only Indians

A New Jersey-based IT firm will have to pay $25,500 in civil penalties to the US for posting discriminatory job advertisements and seeking job applications only from India. Infosoft Solutions Inc, an IT recruiting and contracting company operating as KForce Tech LLC, violated the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) by posting six discriminatory job advertisements between July 2021 and August 2021.

Indian-origin New York man caught in YouTube sting operation, charged with ‘enticing minor’

An Indian-origin New York man allegedly caught in a sting operation on YouTube has been charged by a US federal prosecutor with attempting to entice a minor for sex through a dating app. “Anand Singh allegedly attempted to entice an individual, who he believed to be a 14-year-old, to meet for sexual purposes, via dating and text apps”, Damian Williams, the federal prosecutor for Southern New York, said on Monday.

Indian-origin man arrested for allegedly stabbing sex worker in New Jersey

A 26-year-old Indian-origin man has been arrested for allegedly stabbing a sex worker at a New Jersey hotel following a disagreement over money, police said. Vineeth Ravuri of Jersey city was charged with armed robbery, aggravated assault, criminal restraint, unlawful possession of a weapon, and engaging in prostitution. The Secaucus Police responded to a woman calling for help from Aloft Hotel at Harmon Meadow Boulevard on April 9.

Kerala Tourism makes a splash in the US with nationwide roadshows

Kerala, one of India’s showcase tourism states, began its 2023 with a string of roadshows in New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco to boost visitor numbers. Kerala Tourism Principal Secretary K S Srinivas, along with the state’s business delegations, showcased new tourism offerings, globally- acclaimed assets, and projects under the “Responsible Tourism” initiatives that travellers will be able to experience in Kerala from this year.

Indian American teen Natasha Perianayagam in Johns Hopkins’ world’s ‘brightest’ list

An Indian American teenager has been named in the “world’s brightest” students list for a second year in a row by the US-based Johns Hopkins Center For Talented Youth (CTY), based on the results of above-grade-level tests of more than 15,000 students across 76 countries. Natasha Perianayagam, 13, is a student of Florence M Gaudineer Middle School in New Jersey.

Minister Piyush Goyal highlights India’s remarkable economic transformation, huge potential at Nasdaq

Union Minister of Commerce and Industry Piyush Goyal, who is on a four-day visit to New York, New Jersey and Washington on Monday (local time) highlighted India’s remarkable economic transformation and huge potential at the business roundtable organized by US-India Business Council at Nasdaq, New York. He also met CEOs of reputed US multinational enterprises like George R Oliver, Chairman & CEO, Johnson Controls, Stephen A Schwarzman, CEO & Chairman of Asset Management group Blackstone, Henry R Kravis, Co-founder & Co-Executive Chairman of global investment firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co and Michael Miebach, CEO, Mastercard in New York.

American Girl launches its first-ever Indian American ‘Girl of the Year’, Kavi Sharma

Meet Kavi Sharma, American Girl’s latest “Girl of the Year”, a spunky Broadway-loving dancer and singer and the company’s first-ever South Asian main character. American Girl, a cornerstone in the Mattel portfolio of purposeful brands, unveiled its 2023 Girl of the Year, Kavi Sharma, on December 29, 2022.

Indian American couple from Texas to pay over $400,000 to resolve kickback allegations

An Indian American couple has agreed to pay $422,789 to resolve allegations that they received illegal kickbacks in return for referring patients for laboratory testing. Dr Vijesh Patel and his office manager and wife Laju Patel of Texas, received kickbacks in violation of the Anti-Kickback Statute in return for the doctor’s referrals to three laboratories in New Jersey, Texas and South Carolina.